Congratulations to the
Class of 2021!
After four years of hard work and achievement, we say goodbye to our 95th graduating class...the Class of 2021. This class was filled with scholars, athletes, artists and servants whose talents and successes in the classrooms and throughout our community will take them to new heights.

The Class of 2021 experienced the end of their junior year and their senior year during a global pandemic, which brought change and uncertainty both on and off campus. Despite this challenge, however, the Class of 2021 have remained grounded in their faith, selfless and poised.

We are so proud of the Class of 2021 for the hard work they have put in over the last four years, and for the immense grace they have shown over the last school year.




2021 Baccalaureate Mass Livestream

Class of 2021 Graduation Livestream

Acceptance and Matriculation Map

Father Ryan High School graduates have performed on stages, made life-saving discoveries, become business executives and entrepreneurs and defended our freedom in service to our country. They have attended the nation’s finest colleges and universities. They have built a lasting legacy, and one we will remember. And it all started with Father Ryan. They are known. They are loved.

The Class of 2021 is no exception. Members of the class were admitted to 210 unique institutions and will attend 79 different colleges and universities.

Scholarships received to date total more than $34 million, averaging more than $155,000 per graduate, a new school record. 

Below is an interactive map of all the schools members of the Class of 2021 will be attending in the fall. Each crest represents a different university, and the number of Irish attending that institution can be found by clicking on the crest. 



Meet the 2021 Valedictorian: Emily Phan

Father Ryan is pleased to announce that the valedictorian for the Class of 2021 is Emily Mai Phan. Emily’s final cumulative, weighted GPA at the end of eight semesters of work is a 100.0938. Over her time at Father Ryan, Emily has taken nine Advanced Placement Courses and has been inducted into the National Honor Society, St Vincent de Paul Service Society, the Cum Laude Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, Junior Classical Honor Society, and the Father Black Honor Society. 
 
Emily was recognized as a National Merit Finalist and has received a Cardinal Newman award in recognition of outstanding standardized testing. She was a recipient of the Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer Award. Emily has been recognized for the highest grade in many classes including AP English Literature, AP Macroeconomics, AP Environmental Science and AP Calculus BC this year. Emily has held several leadership roles including Secretary for the Creative Writing Club, Leader in Irish Service Corps, Member and Leader of the multi-school Youth Advisory Council for the Little Pantry That Could, Co-President of the Cum Laude Society and Captain of her mentor group #38, also known as “Home Depot.” 

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    At Father Ryan, Emily has been a member of the Irish Service Corps, Purple Masque Players, Music Ministry, American Sign Language Club, Creative Writing Club, Chess Club, Latin Club, Lacrosse, and the Dungeons and Dragons Club. 

    Outside of Father Ryan, Emily volunteers at The Little Pantry That Could and Vacation Bible School at Christ the King. 
    Emily has applied and been accepted to Arizona State University, where she received the President’s Award; Belmont University where she received the General Academic and Merit Scholarship; University of Colorado Boulder, Florida International University; University of Miami, where she received the ‘Canes Achievement Scholarship; University of San Diego, where she received the Alcala
    Scholarship; University of South Florida: Tampa Campus, where she received the National Merit Tradition of Excellence Award, Green Gold Presidential Award, and Judy Genshaft Global Presidential Scholarship; Tennessee Technological University, where she received the Golden Opportunity Grant; University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she received the Volunteer Scholarship; Vanderbilt University;  and The College of Wooster, where she received the College Scholar Award.

    Emily also received the National Exchange Club: District Youth of the Year Award this year and was admitted into the Honors Colleges of several of the universities to which she applied. 
      
    Emily plans on attending University of South Florida: Tampa Campus and studying Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences. 

    Emily, we are so very proud of you.

Meet the 2021 Salutatorian: Grey Wilder

Father Ryan is pleased to announce that the Salutatorian for the Class of 2021 is Greyson O’Neal Wilder. Grey’s final cumulative, weighted GPA at the end of eight semesters is 99.9677. During his time at Father Ryan, Grey has taken eight AP Courses and has been inducted into the National Honor Society, St. Vincent de Paul Service Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, Thespian Honor Society, and Cum Laude Society. 
 
Grey was recognized as a National Merit Finalist and a Father James A. Black Award for Excellence Finalist. He was awarded the Callahan Family Scholarship and the Kevin Paul Davis Memorial Scholarship. He has been recognized for a Perfect Reading Score ACT, Perfect English ACT and has attained the highest grade for many of his classes, including AP Psychology and AP Biology this school year. In 2020, the Relay for Life Committee of which Grey was a member was recognized with the Pat Flynn Spirit of Relay Award.

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    Grey has held several leadership roles, including secretary of the National Honor Society, Class Representative on the Student Council grades 9-11, Mu Alpha Theta Chapter President, Cum Laude Society Co-President, Student Ambassador, and Relay for Life Committee Production Co-Director. 

    At Father Ryan, Grey has been involved with the Purple Masque Players, Ethics Bowl, Student Council, Irish Service Corps and Relay for Life Committee. Outside of school Grey is a Room in the Inn Volunteer and head lifeguard at Seven Hills Pool.

    Grey has applied and been accepted to the following schools: University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where he received the UT Volunteer Scholarship and Hope Scholarship; University of Tennessee Chattanooga, where he received the Chancellor’s Scholarship; Belmont University, where he has received the Carolyn Jackson Patton End Scholarship and Belmont University Faculty Scholar Award; Boston College; Loyola University Chicago, where he has been accepted into the Interdisciplinary Honors Program and received the National Merit Full Tuition Scholarship; and St. Louis University, where he received the Presidential Finalist Tuition Award, Catholic High School Award and Vice Presidential Tuition Scholarship. 

    Grey plans on attending Loyola University Chicago and majoring in Social Work.    
     
    Congratulations, Grey, we are so very proud of you.
The following awards were announced at the Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Ceremony.

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  • Excellence in the Arts Awards

    The Excellence in the Arts Awards has been established by the Fine Arts Department and is presented to a student or students who have demonstrated superior talent and dedication and who have attained personal achievement in the arts both in and out of school.

    This year's recipient for the Excellence in the Arts Award for Women is Caroline Ruth Patient.
     
    This year's recipient for the Excellence in the Arts Award for Men is

    Benjamin Taylor Strobel.
  • Excellence in English Award

    The Excellence in English Award is given to the senior who has the highest scholastic average for three years’ work in the classes in this discipline.

    This year, The Excellence in English Award is presented to
    Emily Mai Phan.
  • Excellence in World Languages & Cultures Award

    The Excellence in World Languages & Cultures Award is given to the senior who has the highest scholastic average for three years’ work in the classes in this discipline.

    This year, the Excellence in World Languages & Cultures Award is presented to
    Mary Angel Blas Belog.
  • Excellence in the Sciences Award

    The Excellence in the Sciences Award is given to the senior who has the highest scholastic average for three years’ work in the classes in this discipline.

    This year, The Excellence in the Sciences Award is presented to Darrel Andrew Zak Chen.

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  • Excellence in the Social Sciences Award

    The Excellence in the Social Sciences Award is given to the senior who has the highest scholastic average for three years’ work in the classes in this discipline.

    This year, The Excellence in the Social Sciences Award is presented to Greyson O'Neal Wilder.
  • Sister Mary John Math Award

    The Sister Mary John Math Award is presented to the senior who has maintained the highest average in Mathematics for a four-year period.

    This year the award is presented to Darrel Andrew Zak Chen.
  • Scholar Athlete Awards

    The Scholar Athlete Awards are presented to a young woman and a young man who rank very high in the graduating class academically and who have also made major contributions to the school through participation as athletes.

    The recipient of the Women’s Scholar Athlete Award is
    Madeline Grace Dooling.

    The recipient of the Men’s Scholar Athlete Award is
    Gordon Zachary Turner.
  • Monsignor Albert A. Siener Memorial Award

    The Monsignor Albert A. Siener Memorial Award is presented to the young woman who has ranked high in her religion class work, and at the same time has shown the finest practical application of religious principles and ideals in her daily life.

    This year the award is presented to Grace Ann Forbes.
  • Bishop Alphonse J. Smith Award

    The Bishop Alphonse J. Smith Award is given in memory of Bishop Smith, founder of our school, to the young man who is ranked high in his religion class work and at the same time has shown a true application of religious principles and ideals in his daily life.

    This year the award is presented to Christian Scott Ratterman.
  • General Excellence Awards

    The General Excellence Awards are given to the students showing, to the highest degree, all those qualities which Father Ryan High School seeks to promote in its students: excellence in the classroom, ingenuity, accomplishment in extra-curricular activities, leadership, and exemplary conduct.

    The General Excellence Award for Women is presented to
    Celeste Danielle Ferrer Legaspi.

    The General Excellence Award for Men is presented to
    William Patrick Stacey.